Julep Maven is a monthly nail polish and beauty subscription box. They make all their own products, so subscribers get a good value each month – over $40 retail worth of product for $24.99 a month.
And, if you sign up for 3-months up front, you get the $19.99 rate.
Each month Julep releases a new collection on the 20th, and you can decide which items you want, you can upgrade to the entire collection, or you can skip that month.
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About Julep Maven
The Subscription Box: Julep Maven
The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription)
Julep is offering this 12-piece nail polish FREE set with a new subscription!
Julep December 2018 Review
This box came with an info sheet highlighting the new shades of eyeliner that became available this month.
One of the options this month was Julep’s Light on Your Lips crème lipstick and we received a sheet with more information on the shades. I decided to go the fully customized route this month, so let’s see what I picked!
Julep Emme, Full-Size! Retail Value $14
Emme is a deep cobalt crème polish that I tend to always reach for in the winter months- it’s darker than my usual choices but the blue is still vibrant. This polish didn’t have the best formula, and I had to use more effort than normal to make sure my polish was applied smoothly and evenly.
Julep Lennon, Full-Size! Retail Value $14
Lennon is described as a "galactic holographic shimmer" and I adore the punch of sparkle this packs. I was worried when I applied this to my bare nail because the first coat was VERY sheer (as in, it could be a glitter topper for a different polish), but after three thin coats, I had beautifully opaque sparkle.
Julep Color Fan x 2 – Total Retail Value $16 ($8 each)
I chose to add these to my box this month more as a matter of necessity- sometimes I just don’t have time to swatch every nail polish for reviews, and I thought these would be perfect for when I need them. They do take some getting used to- I tried to swatch multiple colors at one time and they ended up smudging on top of themselves, so these will probably work best with only swatching one color at a time. I was happy that I was able to pick up two in this box, too!
Snowflake Nail Decals – Estimated Value $4
I love nail decals for easy and quick nail art, and I really love snowflakes! Snowflakes can be hard to do freehand due to the tiny details, so I was excited to add these to my box. I haven’t seen Julep sell nail decals as a standalone item in their store, so I think mystery boxes and the Maven subscription are really the only ways to get them. Unlike last month I had no issues with these lifting off my nail- my coat of Seche Vite sealed them in perfectly, and over three days later they are still going strong.
Here I am wearing Emme, Lennon, and the nail decals. I think this is such a fun wintery look!
Verdict: Without a doubt, my favorite thing about Julep Maven is your ability to completely customize your box. Snowflake nail decals and color fans may not be your cup of tea, but you can choose to go for a makeup item or another nail polish. The customization also means you should be getting shades that you're most likely to wear! I had to estimate the value of the nail decals since they're not for sale, but the value of my two polishes and the color fans equal $44 - I think that is great for the $24.99 price, and the value is even better if you take advantage of the 3-month subscription for $19.99 a box rate.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. You have to sign up by the 20th to get the next month’s box. Then on the 24th, you’ll be able to sign into your Julep Maven account and select the items you want for your box!
ACTIVE DEAL: Get a 12-piece Polish Gift ($160+ Value) with your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $24.99 + free shipping, which means that each of the 4 items in the box has an average cost of $6.25.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your Wish List or Subscription List!
What did you think of the Julep Maven box? Which items did you pick this month?